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Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Michel Martelly ended his presidential term without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended. Martelly was able to leave office thanks to a last-minute agreement hours before to install a transitional government after prolonged protests that sometimes turned violent. "During its long road to the promised land, Haiti will remember that a certain Michel Joseph Martelly -- Micky to his people -- loved, gave, and built," he said during his last address as president.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the Syrian government and opposition activists said.
Four survivors were Monday pulled from the rubble of an apartment complex felled by an earthquake in Taiwan, as questions intensified over why the building collapsed. An eight-year-old girl and 28-year-old woman were the latest to be pulled from the rubble, AFP reporters at the scene said. Prosecutors have launched an investigation into why the Wei-kuan building in the southern city of Tainan collapsed.